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June Author Crush: Robin Hobb, Like Tolkien and R. R. Martin, is a Master Worldbuilder

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From Game of Thrones to His Dark Materials, I love all kinds of fantasy. But it’s not easy to find a series that ticks off all the boxes: epic but still heartfelt, detailed but not overwhelming, and filled with characters I want to spend book-after-book with daily. More often than not, I leave a fantasy book feeling a little cheated and a little lost. But that’s never the case with Robin Hobb. Not only does Hobb create epic and compelling stories, she’s basically the queen of worldbuilding, completely immersing her readers in an intricately-constructed world. Her characters are also so realistic that you feel like you know them – which is not always easy to pull off in books about dragons and living ships. Robin…

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May’s Author Crush: Maya Banks Can Write Every Kind of Romance

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If you’re a romance reader, then you know that “romance” is actually a huge category of books that includes all different types of genres. From historical to thrillers to westerns to erotic contemporary novels, romance readers have a wide variety of settings and tropes to choose from. And we all have certain authors we turn to when we’re craving a certain type of novel. Historical romance? Julia Quinn. Romantic thriller? Sandra Brown. But then there are those rare authors who can do it all, delivering genre after genre of romantic and well-written stories. Maya Banks is most definitely one of those rare authors. Not only is she prolific; publishing multiple books a year, but she’s also versatile, transitioning from contemporary…

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April’s Author Crush: Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter Series is Epically Intricate

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The only thing I don’t like about books is that they’re always over too soon. Sometimes I just want to live in a world, breathing in the setting and staying with a couple long after the final page. This is why I was so excited to discover Sherrilyn Kenyon and her Dark-Hunter series. While some authors will write a few books in a series before moving on to a new project, Kenyon has turned her Dark-Hunter Universe into an epic, ongoing saga. The Dark-Hunter series alone is over 20 books and counting, but there are also multiple connected series, prequels, novellas and short stories that all contribute to the massive universe. Kenyon started this world back in the ’80s (as short stories in…

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December’s Author Crush: Jill Shalvis Masters the Art of Chemistry

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It’s not often that I find a new contemporary romance author who blows me away with the very first book. But that’s exactly what happened when I bought my first Jill Shalvis novel three years ago. The story was Head Over Heels, the third book in Jill Shalvis’ insanely popular Lucky Harbor series. From the first page, I knew it was special — the main character was spunky and fun, and her love interest was brooding and hot. More importantly, they had chemistry. Banter and sweet moments and so much heat that I had to take breaks to fan myself. It’s an elusive concept, true chemistry between characters, and so many authors get it so wrong. But Shalvis isn’t one of them,…

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July’s Author Crush: Brenda Novak is Queen of the Romance Novel

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Sometimes we fall in love with an author who has written one or two amazing novels. Maybe they put out a book every three years or so, and we patiently wait for that new release to show up on our shelves. If it ever does. And then there are the powerhouses. You know who we’re talking about; those authors who often put out multiple books a year, who’ve written dozens of bestsellers and who know their audience like the back of their hand. Think Stephen King, Nora Roberts and James Patterson. These are the authors we turn to over and over, trusting that they’ll consistently deliver an awesome read. And as avid readers we need these authors, relying on their…

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May’s Author Crush: Why We’ll Never Get Enough of Marian Keyes

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The year was 2000. Thanks to the popularity of Bridget Jones’s Diary, chick lit novels were all the rage. Even at the tender age of 16 I was a romance novel aficionado, and a more mature love story seemed like a natural progression. On a whim I picked up one of the brightly colored covers that so often grace chick lit novels and my life as a reader changed forever. That book was Rachel’s Holiday, by Irish author Marian Keyes, and I had never read anything like it before. The cover had a cartoon character holding a glass of champagne against a pastel background, but that was where the cheesiness ended. Instead of the bubble-gum read I was expecting, the…

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April’s Author Crush: Why We’re Obsessing Over Kristen Ashley

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My intense love for romance author Kristen Ashley is getting so out of control it’s borderline stalking at this point. I’ve read almost every single book she’s published, pre-ordered titles months in advance, and I check her website obsessively for information about new projects. At this point, I’ve probably invested more money into her work than I have into my own student debt. #noregrets Which is why Ashley is the perfect author to feature as my Author Crush this month (and, um, every month, to be honest). Not only is she crazy prolific (if my count is right, since 2011 Ashley has published 54 books – in five years people!!) she’s one of those rare self-published authors whose quality of work never seems to…

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